DANBURY, Conn. – A Western Connecticut goal with less than three seconds remaining in the first overtime led the host and four-seed Colonials past the No. 5 Castleton University men's soccer team on Tuesday evening at the Western Athletic Complex.
Castleton ends its season at 9-9-1, while WestConn improves to 15-3-3 and will advance to the Little East Conference semifinal.
In the 100th minute with seconds remaining in the first overtime period, the reigning conference player of the year Chauncey Allers netted the game-winner. Off of a feed from Thomas Langkafel, Allers made a cut and put the ball into the twine.
Roughly halfway through the first half, Seraphin Iradukunda found himself with a chance. Receiving the ball off a great feed between defenders, the sophomore forward quickly turned and sent a shot in, finding the back of the twine. Yet, the goal was eventually waved off as the sideline official determined Iradukunda was offside.
Much of the first half play was characterized by defensive play as the ball stayed in the middle of the field near the Colonial logo. Both sides attempted three shots-on-goal and the keepers on both sides rejected each chance.
During the second half, WestConn slowly gained momentum and increased the pressure on the Spartan defense. The host Colonials led the second-half shot count 14-8 and the overall tally 30-16.
Ryan McKay was tagged with the loss as he allowed just one goal and made seven saves in nearly 100 minutes of play. For Western Connecticut, Daniel Szabo posted the shutout victory and stopped seven balls.
Castleton will return the majority of its roster as it heads into its sophomore season in the Little East in 2019.
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